Dries Mertens shrugs off speculation linking him to Chelsea as he insists he’s happy at Napoli


Napoli forward Dries Mertens has given a strong indication of where his future lies by shrugging off rumours of an exit amid links with Chelsea.

The 32-year-old, whose deal runs out in the summer of 2020, is being courted by a number of clubs this summer, including Chelsea despite their current transfer ban.

Mertens scored for Napoli on Saturday as they closed out their Serie A campaign with a disappointing 3-2 defeat by Bologna.

The Belgium international addressed the speculation surrounding his future afterwards. 

‘I don’t think that was my last game with Napoli,’ he told Radio Kiss Kiss Italia. ‘I still have a year left on my contract with Napoli and I’m happy here.’

Reports surfaced earlier this year suggesting that Mertens would not be extending his deal at Napoli and will leave on a free at the end of next season.

Chelsea, who have previously been linked with a move for the forward, were put on red alert by this with plans to snap him up on a free.

It now appears that that is the most likeliest scenario with Mertens set to stay put this summer before considering his options.  

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